LOS ANGELES (AP) - Josh Collmenter pitched two-hit ball over six innings in his first major league start, and a miscommunication on a pickoff throw by pitcher Chad Billingsley led to the only run for the Arizona Diamondbacks in a 1-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday.
Collmenter (2-0) struck out three, walked none and retired his final 11 batters after giving up Billingsley's one-out double in the third. The Diamondbacks got only one hit the entire game while snapping a five-game skid in which each loss was by a one-run margin.
Stephen Drew led off the second with a double, and Billingsley (2-3) tried to pick him off. But shortstop Jamey Carroll failed to cover the bag with the lefty-swinging Miguel Montero at the plate, and the ball rolled into center as Drew barely beat Matt Kemp's throw to third.
Montero walked and Melvin Mora followed with a sacrifice fly, which began a string of 16 consecutive batters retired by Billingsley - none of whom hit a ball out of the infield.
The 26-year-old right-hander struck out eight and walked two. It was the fourth time in nine starts that Billingsley pitched at least seven innings, but he is 0-2 in those outings.
James Loney's two-out single in the second was the only other hit off Collmenter, who made his first seven big league appearances in relief after his promotion on April 15. All but two of the 25-year-old right-hander's 94 appearances in the minors were in a starting role.
Collmenter was inserted into the D'Backs' rotation to replace right-hander Barry Enright, who was demoted to Triple-A Reno on May 5 after going 1-3 with a 6.49 ERA in six starts.
Collmenter was selected in the 15th round of the 2007 draft - 13 rounds after Enright.
Aaron Heilman pitched a perfect seventh inning and David Hernandez worked a scoreless eighth, retiring pinch-hitters Dioner Navarro and Jay Gibbons with a potential tying run at third after giving up a leadoff double by Loney.
J.J. Putz got three outs for his eighth save in as many attempts, retiring Kemp on a game-ending double-play grounder to shortstop with runners at first and second.
Arizona's relievers have been charged with just one earned run over 33 innings during the team's first 11 games this month.
Chris Young and Kelly Johnson couldn't wait to get started. They were already in the on-deck circle swinging their bats before public address announcer Eric Smith gave the starting lineups for both clubs. Young and Johnson were a combined 0 for 8 and did not hit a ball out of the infield. Johnson struck out three times and Young once.
Notes: This was the first time the Dodgers lost when allowing one hit since July 17, 1914, against the Chicago Cubs. On June 28, 2008, the Dodgers beat the Angels and Jered Weaver 1-0 at Chavez Ravine without getting a single hit. ... For a guy who was born in Homer, Mich., and went to Homer High School, Collmenter didn't give up many home runs during his minor league career - only 34 in 515 innings. ... Switch-hitting SS Rafael Furcal, who hasn't played for the Dodgers since he broke his left thumb on a headfirst steal of third base on April 11 at San Francisco, began a rehab assignment Saturday with Triple-A Albuquerque. He will be batting only left-handed for now. ... The victory was the Diamondbacks' 100th against the Dodgers. They've lost 124. ... Diamondbacks 1B Russell Branyan was 0 for 3 and is hitless in his last 20 at_bats. ... Arizona 3B Ryan Roberts missed his second straight game because of flulike symptoms. He has 47 career at_bats against the Dodgers with no RBIs.
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